They are counterfeit and fake!
A friend of mine purchased them from a shady supplier and sold them on Amazon only to receive the following email:
"After watching thousands of counterfeits of its pet shedding tools flood online sites, FURminator is biting back.
Furminator Inc. is taking legal steps to stop individuals and companies selling knock-off Furminator deShedding tools.
FURminator's arsenal of weapons includes private investigators who look for rogue China factories, online monitors who scan the Internet looking for knockoffs, and U.S. customs officials who help the company stop imports of counterfeit products.
Furminator president Olivier Amice said the company is monitoring online sale activities, delisting sellers at eBay, Amazon and other e-commerce websites, working closely with U.S. customs officials, collaborating with the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Inc. and exercising legal recourse.
"The question anymore isn't: will we find you?" said Olivier Amice, FURminator's president, "The question is: when will we get you?"
FURminator has had some recent success with its expanded efforts to stop counterfeit sales, which Amice estimates siphon away more than $10 million in sales a year from the company. FURminator's tools sell for between $35 and $73. Knockoffs online can be found for as low as $9.95.
In August, a seller of counterfeit FURminator tools at a market in China was arrested and fined. The seller, according to FURminator's investigators, had a truck with 5,000 counterfeit grooming tools. After the arrest, the seller's supplier in China stopped making the tools.
Over the past three months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 12 shipments of counterfeit FURminator tools with a value estimated at $150,000, after the company worked with officials to identify the products.
And in federal court, FURminator won a $150,000 judgment this year against a seller of counterfeit tools. The company also filed a lawsuit August. 14 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District, against nine people who the company alleges are infringing on its trademarks by selling brushes on Internet sites eBay and Amazon unlawfully.
The company regularly buys products labeled 'FURminator' from websites to study what the counterfeits look like. True FURminator products are only sold at major retailers such as Petco and PETsMART, or from the company directly.
FURminator's employees have attended programs on combatting counterfeits held by the IACC, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit industry organization that recently formed a task force on addressing trademark infringement in China.
We are working more closely now with U.S. Customs, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to identify counterfeits. In its last fiscal year, U.S. Customs officials confiscated counterfeit goods worth $260.7 million in 14,841 seizures.
The IACC also provides training to its members on working with U.S. Customs.
Call Furminator to confirm, they will tell you that all the low priced units on Amazon are fake.